Wednesday, June 5, 2019. A beautiful sunny day, 70 degrees, yesterday in New York.
One week ago on this day, 750 guests attended the Frick Collection’s annual Spring Garden Party for Fellows and Young Fellows. This year’s even was also celebrating the opening of Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection.
Mr. de Waal is famous to millions of readers for his brilliant family biography, The Hare With Amber Eyes, but he is also acclaimed as ceramicist throughout the world for his site-specific works made of porcelain, steel, gold, alabaster and glass. These awill be displayed in the museum’s main galleries alongside works from its permanent collection. This project and installation is the first of its kind in this country and the first such installation for the Frick. The installation will be on view as a temporary installation through November 17th.
Guests arrived in all matter of festive Spring attire – bright whites, bold colors and floral patterns. This annual party is usually held on the front lawn of the museum, overlooking Central Park, but the rainfall that night brought the guests into the Frick to gather in the Garden Court with its bounty of pink and white azaleas, orange bromeliads, and birds nest ferns, as well as arrangements featuring blue hyacinths,Veronica peonies, blue and purple clematis, and mini white roses throughout. Before the party was over, however, skies finally cleared and in the last hour and a half there was the opportunity (taken) by many of the guests to have their final nightcap under the stars.
Guests also had the opportunity to visit the permanent collection as well as the rarely seen second floor of the former Frick mansion, which was open on this special evening. Guests were also entertained by the music of the jazz quartet The Flail as well as the music of DJ Unos and Dubs. Fabulous hors d’oeuvres including Caviar cannoli, lobster tart, green falafel and copress cucumber, chicken and pecan quesadilla, kale pancetta and grape pizza, gruyere grilled cheese and spring rolls. Cocktails were courtesy of the event sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka which also provided Rosé by Hampton Water Wine Co., and sparkling wine by Ferrari Trento.
Among those in attendance were the Collection’s Director Ian Wardropper, Helen Clay Chace, Bett and Jean-Marie Eveillard, Christian Keesee and Larry Keigwin, Amory and Sean McAndrew, Sana Babbagh, Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon; Page Ashley, Ayesha Bulchandani, Dr. Tai-Hen Cheng and Cole Harrell, Emily T. Frick, Caroline and Charles Joyce, Elizabeth and Jon Kurpis, Casey Kohlberg, Lucy Lang and Scott Asher, Victoria Smith, Davide Stefanacci and Ronnie WestGeorgina Bloomberg, Karaugh Brown, Lili Buffett, Margaret Civetta, Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa, Barbara and Brad Evans, Sarah Flint, Marina Kellen French, Steve and Luz-Mary Harris, Deborah and Chuck Royce, Mrs. William Nitze, Annabelle Selldorf, Tom Wheeler, Bryan and Megan Ramm, Emma Kate Lasry, Barbara Dau and Barton English, Mercedes de Guardiola, Richard Huber, Barbara Reuter and William Williams Jr., Rochelle and Mark Rosenberg, Eiko and Michael Assael, Xavier Soloman and scores more enjoying the always wonderful Frick evening.
Photographs by Samantha Nandez/BFA.com & Christine A. Butler.